Volkswagen donates $2.5 million to Australian bush fire relief and recovery

Jan 24, 2020

Wolfsburg, January 24, 2020 - Volkswagen has today announced the donation of AUD$2.5 million (about $1.7 million USD) to aid in the relief and recovery of the catastrophic bush fires that continue to burn in eastern and southern Australia.

“Thousands continue to suffer from this unprecedented disaster,” Volkswagen Group Australia’s Michael Bartsch said. “Volkswagen has been part of Australian life since the 1950s. Therefore, we step up both to assist those at forefront of this crisis and to aid in what will be a protracted recovery.”

Mr. Bartsch explained, that $500,000 had been designated for the fire services and the relief of those affected by the fires; $1 million would be channelled towards organisations involved with endangered wildlife; the remaining $1 million would go towards reforestation.


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The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. The passenger car portfolio ranges from small cars all the way to luxury-class vehicles. Ducati offers motorcycles. In the light and heavy commercial vehicles sector, the products include ranges from pick-ups, buses and heavy trucks. Every weekday, 664,496 employees around the globe produce on average 44,567 vehicles, are involved in vehicle-related services or work in other areas of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.

In 2018, the total number of vehicles supplied to customers by the Group globally was 10,83 million (2017: 10,741 million). The passenger car global market share was 12.3 per cent. In Western Europe 22.0 per cent of all new passenger cars come from the Volkswagen Group. Group sales revenue in 2018 totalled €235.8 billion (2017: €231 billion). Earnings after tax in 2017 amounted to €17.1 billion (2017: €11.6 billion).